Subject Intent: Why IT?

IT will allow learners to progress through a variety of units that develop in depth theoretical knowledge of digital applications. The course is an ideal stepping stone between education and employment within the IT sector as students have the opportunity to develop practical application of theory that replicates industry standards. Students will have a strong understanding of how IT supports the function of business and product development whilst meeting the needs of clients and employers alike. The skills that students develop whilst studying IT prepare them for a range of employment opportunities within the fast growing digital employment market.

What will I study?

The Introductory Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma:
  • Fundamentals of IT (exam)
  • Global information (exam)
  • Computer networks (coursework)
  • Computer systems – hardware (coursework)
  • Computer systems – software (coursework)
The Diploma and Extended Diploma:
  • Cyber security (exam)
  • Project management (coursework)
  • Product development (coursework)
  • Mobile technology (coursework)
  • Developing a smarter planet (coursework)
  • Technical support (coursework)
The Extended Diploma:
  • Cloud technology (exam)
  • Virtual and augmented reality (coursework)
  • Social media and digital marketing (coursework)
  • Internet of everything (coursework)
  • Cognitive computing (coursework)
  • Enterprise computing (coursework)


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

A range of teaching and learning methods are employed in this course, from teacher led lecture style lessons, to paired and group activity work, practical activities and workshop style evidence gathering sessions. Industry standard software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite are available, as well as specialist virtual box software and build computers and networking components for the practical work. Links to the IT industry exist with talks by specialists in cyber security and networking as well as a trip to the Amazon fulfilment centre in Doncaster and with university trips and talks included over the two years, CTEC IT students are well prepared to progress in the field of IT and Computer Science.

What our


This course is a good foundation for gaining knowledge on computers and computer skills which are needed for everyday life and helps to develop further studies.

Mohammad Adil, grange technology college

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